IATA says industry needs to look at ‘live-streaming of flight data’

April 2, 2014 1:07 am

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has said the aviation industry should consider technology allowing more live-streaming of flight data following the disappearance of a Malaysian jetliner, but cost and practicalities remain major problems, Reuters has reported. “The technology exists now to do it, but it is not clear how practical it would be,” Tony Tyler, IATA director general and chief executive, told reporters at a news conference in Kuala Lumpur. “To have every aircraft streaming all date at every phase of the flight, can it be managed or would it simply overwhelm us?” The loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 more than three weeks ago has renewed interest in the possibility of in-flight streaming of “black box” data that could help locate aircraft and enable accident investigations to begin sooner.